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Lightweight Down Jacket – Full Zip or Half Zip?

February 21st, 2020

Lightweight Down Jacket - Full Zip or Half Zip?

When choosing a lightweight down jacket one of the most important decisions you will need to make is whether to have a full length zip or a half length zip. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so ruminate on our list before you make a decision.


Full Length Zip Positives

Easy to take on and off

Vent yourself easily if the zip is two-way

Can be opened out and used as a blanket

Access inner pockets quickly

Possible to join it with other jackets

Full Length Zip Negatives

Larger zip area leads to greater heat loss

More surface area for wind and rain penetration

More wear and tear on the zip


Half Length Zip Positives

More down area, so warmer

Less zip wear and tear

Better fit around the stomach

Less zip area for wind and rain penetration

Half Length Zip Negatives

More difficult to take on and off

Harder to access inner jacket pockets

Harder to vent your body during intense exercise

Lightweight Down Jacket – Full Zip or Half Zip?

At the end of the day both half zip and full zip lightweight down jackets are going to keep you warm. The decision you will need to make is do you want a jacket that is versatile – full length zip, or one that is slightly warmer and better fitting – half length zip.

If are poor at regulating your body heat and are constantly placing on and removing jackets then the full length zip is the style of lightweight down jacket best suited to you. If you feel the cold and very rarely remove a jacket over long periods of time outdoors, then the half zip version is going to be more useful.

And finally, what about your hair? If you like to look perfect and are constantly preening yourself then a half zip jacket is going to cause you untold grief, so they are best avoided!

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